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Notable Alumni

Visit our new multimedia website — Alumni Journeys — celebrating the accomplishments and exploring the journeys of a few Earlham graduates. This is the start of an ongoing project, so watch for more stories in the future.

Earlham graduates are leaders in a variety of fields — from science, to business, to international affairs, to the arts. Our alumni include a Nobel laureate and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship and Golden Globe Award. Others are leading scientific researchers and executives at Fortune 500 companies. They also include diplomats, doctors, teachers and activists — and most credit Earlham for shaping their world views and preparing them for diverse and dynamic careers.


Ken Edgett '87, Principal Investigator, MAHLI Hand Lens Imager, NASA Curiosity Rover 

Howard Federoff ’74, leading researcher into Alzheimer’s disease, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Margaret Heafield Hamilton ’58, helped design computer systems for NASA’s Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs

Richard Nakamura ’68, Director of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review

Polly Penhale ’70, Acting Head, Office of Polar Environment, Health and Safety, National Science Foundation

Drew Ramsey ’96, co-author of The Happiness Diet, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

David Wagner ’52, pioneer in the field of emergency medicine 

Arts and Letters

Liza Donnelly ’77, cartoonist, The New Yorker

Michael C. Hall ’93, Golden Globe Award-winning actor (Six Feet Under, Dexter)

Robert Hirsch ’71, former chief hydrologist, United States Geological Survey

Maurice Manning ’88, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Winner of Yale Younger Poets Award

Bebe Miller ’71, MacArthur Fellow and choreographer

Josh Penn ’06, Oscar-nominated film producer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Laura Sessions Stepp ’73, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence and Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both

Politics and World Affairs 

Priscilla Hayner ’85, co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and a leading proponent for “truth commissions” in areas of crisis

David Shear '75, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and former Ambassador to Vietnam

Frances Moore Lappe ’66, Author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind

Daniel Hernandez Joseph ’81, Mexican Ambassador to Greece, Cyprus and Moldova

Business and Industry

Tom Gottschalk ’64, former chief legal counsel, General Motors

John Loose ’64, former CEO, Corning, Inc.

Melissa Lamson ’91, president and CEO, Lamson Consulting

Rob Stroebel ’94, president, Lithko Contracting

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